Hearty Baked Ziti
You can still serve this hot, satisfying Baked Ziti recipe even without the sausage. Next time you make this dish, use 2 pounds of ground beef instead of the sausage and save a little money.
1 1/2 lb ground beef
8 oz Italian sausage, casings removed
1 lb ziti
1 lb ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 cup (48 ounces) prepared spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes; drain.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Add to beef in skillet. Combine ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, mozzarella, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Spread 2 cups of spaghetti sauce in a large baking dish. Top with half of ziti mixture and half of cheese mixture; repeat layering. Top with remaining spaghetti sauce.
Sprinkle remaining Parmesan over top of casserole. Bake ziti until sauce is hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.
A microwave oven will brown the ground beef and sausage in about half the time. Break up beef into small chunks in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 6 minutes, stirring halfway through. Drain.